LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government announced on Monday it would set aside a further 5.4 billion pounds ($7.5 billion) to help the National Health Service (NHS) cover additional costs from the COVID-19 pandemic and to tackle the huge treatment backlog.
“The NHS was there for us during the pandemic – but treating Covid patients has created huge backlogs,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement.
“This funding will go straight to the frontline, to provide more patients with the treatments they need but aren’t getting quickly enough.”
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(Reporting by Andrew MacAskill; editing by James Davey)